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Friday, December 15, 2006

ADF offers 14.5 Million USD for Cambodia to improve clean water supply

Agency for Development of France (ADF) has offered 11.1 million euro (around 14.5 million U. S. dollars) in loan for Water Supply Authority of Cambodia to improve its capacity of clean water supply for Phnom Penh and its neighboring town Takhmoa, Kandal province, an official told Xinhua by phone on Friday.
The loan will be used for building a new clean water supply factory at Chroy Chang Var commune in Phnom Penh to improve the clean water network of the main water station in Phnom and expand the clean water distribution to the outskirts of Phnom Penh," said Ek Son Chan, Head of Water Supply Authority.

This can help facilitate the government to achieve the Millennium Development Goal for public health, he said.
Meanwhile, the authority currently aims to set up a master plan for enlarging the capacity of the clean water supply for 160,000 families in Phnom Penh and neighboring provinces of Kandal and Kompong Speu from 2009 to 2010, he said.

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Phnom Pen Power is striking RFA correspondent

Cambodia : Radio Free Asia correspondent in coma after suspicious road accident

Écrit par RSF.ORG

Reporters Without Borders today called for a thorough and impartial investigation into a traffic accident in which Sok Serei, one of the Cambodia correspondents of Radio Free Asia’s Khmer-language service, was knocked off his motorcycle and seriously injured in Phnom Penh on the evening of 13 December. “As there are witnesses who say a vehicle deliberately struck Sok Serei’s motorcycle, it would seem the authorities should urgently explore all leads and try to identify the vehicle involved as quickly as possible,” the press freedom organisation said. “If nothing is done, the entire journalistic community in Cambodia could feel threatened.”At least four Cambodian journalists have received death threats this year because of their reporting on corruption.

Sok Serei was hit by a 4WD vehicle in the centre of Phnom Penh. Some witnesses said he was struck from behind. Others said the driver opened the door of his vehicle in order to knock Sok Serei off his motorcycle. Sok Serei hit his head hard against the ground in the fall which left him in a coma over night. He continues to receive hospital treatment.Sok Serei is known for his investigative reports into allegations of corruption by government officials, which were broadcast by Radio Free Asia.

Radio Free Asia’s correspondent in northeastern Cambodia, Sok Rattha (who is better known by the pseudonym of Rattha Visal), was meanwhile threatened by the governor of Rattanakiri province at the end of last month. “He told me he wanted to wanted to verify reports before they were broadcast,” he said. Read more!

Vietnam, Cambodia to complete border marking by late 2008

Vietnam and Cambodia plan to complete their border demarcation and landmark planting by the end of 2008, local newspaper Vietnam News reported Friday.
The Commission for Ideology and Culture under the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee held a conference on Thursday to disseminate information about the border demarcation.

The supplement to a treaty on border demarcation, signed by the two countries' prime ministers in October 2005, paves the way for their improved political and economic ties, and the setting of border markers.
Since the signing of the treaty in 1985, Vietnam and Cambodia have demarcated over 200 km out of the 1,137 km shared between the two countries, and planted 72 markers out of the 322 planned ones, said the report.

The Vietnam-Cambodia Joint Committee on Border Demarcation has agreed to use newly-designed landmarks to replace existing ones. Vietnam will help Cambodia manufacture the landmarks after the two sides agree to use symbols and scripts.
Ten of Vietnam's 64 cities and provinces border nine localities of Cambodia.
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